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Old 05-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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ParkZone Visionaire

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I'm a low time "sport flyer" so I believe I'm a good target customer for ParkZone’s Visionaire. My others planes are a Kadet Senior (nitro YUK!! – I am now an electric fan), ParkZone T-28 Trojan, Multiplex Acromaster and an E-Flight Carbon-Z YAK 54.

The Visionaire is for pilots who don't like to assemble planes and just want to buy and fly. This plane comes ready-made with ESC – Digital servos – A R635 receiver – Double-beveled hinges and a10-size BL outrunner motor all factory installed. How easy is that? And if you damage a part, you just buy a new part and not spend days working putting balsa pieces together and then replace the shrink coat covering. Sure, there's a weight penalty, but the benefits of foam outweigh the disadvantages.

Anyone getting this plane will be amazed at the quality of the product, starting with the packaging that insures its kept it in perfect condition until you take it out of the box. All parts fit together perfectly, and the amount of work to do to get in the air is minimal (less than 1-hour). There was nothing tricky when putting it together. Might take you longer to charge the battery than you putting it together.

As to the TX setups its as easy as can be, all you need to do is downloaded the setup file for a DX8 from Horizon’s web site onto the DX8’s SIM-card – and afterward just check all the TX settings against the VisionAire manual and you will find everything is matched. Even with a DX7 it is straight forward if you read the instructions carefully.

One of the great things about this plane is that it has no issues on longer grass and very bumpy fields. Most Parkzone tail-draggers just noses over when trying to taxi them on grassy & bumpy fields in fact it goes better on the ground at our field than a T-28 Trojan with the tricycle nose gear.

From the awesome ground handling to precise sport movements, slow flying ability, and easy landings, this plane a winner as it will suit a vast majority of pilots from inexperienced to an advanced 3D flyer. Its flight envelope is so versatile that it’s unlikely to intimidate a low time pilot or bore someone who is into serious aerobatics or 3D. It's one of those planes that make’s you seem to be a better pilot than you are, even just doing sport stuff.

The VisionAire is now my favorite. It flies amazingly well with the AS3X engaged making it a good entry into 3D for sport fliers. The negatives are it's pricey and has a lackluster color scheme while it is adequate it is a bit bland and is not the easiest to see orientation when it is a little far away or up high.

I don't know if my review would be helpful to a hardcore 3D person, but if you are a sport flyer, I think you will love this plane and it will also encourage you to try out some 3D stuff if you are interested in learning it.

Some of the other features and specs include-
§ Spektrum AR635 DSMX receiver with AS3X Gyro System, installed
§ A 10-size BL outrunner, 1250Kv, installed
§ E-flite 40A Lite Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC (V2), installed
§ E-flite 13-gram digital micro servos, installed
§ Clear belly window for monitoring AS3X System status LED’s
§ Carbon-reinforced Z-Foam construction
§ Leading-edge vortex generators
§ Double-beveled hinges for large control surface throws
§ Durable wire landing gear and large wheels for flying off grass
§ Two piece wing for easy transportation and repair
§ Includes 3S 2200mAh 25C Li-Po battery
§ Includes 2- to 3-cell DC variable rate charger
§ Requires a full-range 4+ channel DSM2®/DSMX aircraft transmitter, sold separately
§ Wingspan: 45.0 in (1,143 mm)
§ Overall Length: 42.5 in (1,079 mm)

The 12 Steps You Go Through Setting Up The Visionaire and AR635 Receiver:
BUT – you really need to read the instructions to the letter and not rely solely on this cheat sheet: These 12 chronological steps are assuming Mode-2

1. Use a new program on the transmitter – it is not advisable to use an existing program.
2. Make sure that the servo travel settings for Aileron, Elevator and Rudder is set at 125%. If you are going to use dual rates, make sure you never adjust the D/R below 50%. Also NEVER use “Servo Trim” in the TX to correct control surface misalignments but mechanically adjust servo arms and pushrods to align control surfaces. You can use minor TX trim corrections for level flight [page 5]
3. Bind the AR635 Receiver (RX) to the Transmitter (TX) and remove the binding plug [page 6]
4. Switch OFF both the Receiver and Transmitter
5. Now switch ON the TX then the RX – after about 5-seconds the RX’s bind LED should be on.
6. Now, check that the flight control surfaces are going in the right directions if not use the servo reversing set up in the TX if necessary.
a. When you have the ailerons, elevator, rudder and throttle servo direction set correctly to fly, write down whether any servo had to be reversed or not. You will need this information latter when setting up gains.
7. Assuming the servos are now all moving in their correct directions you will now need to set up the Receiver for either 3D or SPORT Flight Mode
a. My preferred flight mode is 3D because you end up with being able to select four (4) different amount of control surface deflections with a DX7 and six (6) with a DX8 from extremely mild to 3D-wild flight characteristics all controlled/selected with the “Gear” and your “Dual Rates” switch’s.
8. To initialize the receive for “3D Flight Mode” [page 9 & 16]
a. Switch ON the TX then the RX
b. Center all the trims
c. With the transmitter powered ON, move the throttle stick to the middle position. Hold full Right Aileron and full Down Elevator while powering on the receiver. After 5 seconds, the blue and green LEDs in the receiver turn solid, indicating that you have successfully entered 3D Flight mode. Then release the transmitter stick(s). (You need 3 hands or a willing wife for this)
9. Now you need to arm the RX635 – A3X by briefly advancing the throttle.
10. Once armed you need to see if the A3X gyros are compensating in the desired direction [page 14], as it is extremely important to make sure that the sensors are compensating in the correct direction.
a. If servos are going in the wrong direction you need to reverse the direction with the “GAIN” control [page 10 - 15]. Sensing is the term the manual uses to describe the direction of movement. If the RX635 senses the nose pitching down, it will move the elevator up. But if the elevator moved down the sensing needs to be reversed. Changing the gain from a positive +80% to a negative -80% does this.
11. Once the AR635 receiver has been programmed – and flight mode selected and the gyros are sensing the correct direction, it is very important to power OFF the receiver, then power it back ON to initialize the sensors.
a. Place the aircraft on the ground out of the wind, and then power the receiver ON. Ensure the aircraft is immobile for 5 seconds so the AS3X system initializes correctly (it now knows what straight & level is).
b. The AS3X system will not activate until the throttle stick or trim is increased for the first time. Once the AS3X is active, the control surfaces may move rapidly on the aircraft. This is normal. AS3X will remain active until the AR635 is powered off.
12. You can now fly.

Some background
The AR635 receiver comes with Factory Default Gain & D/R Settings. If for some reason you need to reset the Factory Default Gain and D/R Settings a combination of transmitter sticks must be used – [page 17]
a. Example: with no reverse settings in the TX for Throttle or Rudder. With the transmitter powered ON, hold full right rudder in combination with throttle full down, then power ON the receiver. After 5 seconds, the red and green LEDs will turn solid, indicating all gain values have been restored to default settings. Release the rudder stick.

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Great review, Bob.

This is a great flier and the electronic stabiliser really makes it "smooth!"
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